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matriarchate

[mey-tree-ahr-kit, -keyt] /ˈmeɪ triˌɑr kɪt, -keɪt/
noun
1.
a matriarchal system or community.
2.
a social order formerly believed to have preceded patriarchal tribal society in the early period of human communal life, embodying rule by the mothers, or by all adult women.
Origin of matriarchate
1880-1885
1880-85; matriarch + -ate3
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British Dictionary definitions for matriarchate

matriarchate

/ˈmeɪtrɪˌɑːkɪt; -keɪt/
noun
1.
(rare) a family or people under female domination or government
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